Portland — Not only does a super-buggy bake-up leave a literal mark, or ideally, two, it’s now protected under Maine’s right to free speech.
The New Maine News storefront is closed! Support real local news by buying a cheap t-shirt from this generic one instead.
In a rare unanimous decision, the Maine Supreme Court ruled peeling-out is a form of free expression.
In her remarks, Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley said the court finds laying rubber a way to give “a voice to the voiceless.”
“What good is a huge truck? What good are fat tires, a screaming exhaust set up, and a killer big block if all that power can’t be used to make a statement?”
Justice Andrew M. Mead’s statement on the decision echoed much of the same sentiment.
“For many in Maine, taching her up and dumping her is the only way they can be heard, sometimes from miles away.”
The killer posi-traction rubbermarks are often done late at night, by people who otherwise have no place to speak their minds.
“When you see a wicked rubbermark, and you know someone put her right sideways, that can speak volumes.”
For many, there’s no other way to let everyone in town know you either just got a new set of tires, or you’re just about to retire an old set.
“Imagine a world in which the majority are silenced? These rubbermarks are the petroglyphs of the modern era.”
“They also begin conversations,” Justice Mead said.
“Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a sweet patch and heard someone say ‘I guess they like buying new tires.'”